Toronto FC will take to the field in Chester, Pennsylvania today hoping to win their first road match since April 23. They take on a Philadelphia Union team who sit just three points behind them in the Eastern Conference standings.
As such, today’s game could be crucial to Toronto FC’s target at this point in the season: finishing first place in the MLS Eastern Conference. TFC will need all the points they can muster to make that happen, but especially against Eastern opposition.
Here are three stories to look for ahead of today’s match:
The New Kids in Town
The Philadelphia Union had one of the biggest summer transfer windows of any team in Major League Soccer. Looking to secure their position as a playoff team, they brought in a pair of new faces in American pair Alejandro Bedoya and Charlie Davies.
Bedoya, an American international, comes in from Nantes in France as a designated player. He will bring some more class to an already talented Union midfield. Meanwhile, striker Davies has plenty of MLS experience, and adds to an already dangerous Union attacking unit.
A Tough Place to Win for Toronto FC
Last season was the first time in their history that Toronto FC has defeated the Philadelphia Union away from home. It came courtesy of an incredible free kick from Sebastian Giovinco in a 1-0 victory for Toronto, who swept the season series between the two teams.
Before last season, Toronto FC had two draws and four losses all-time on the road against the Union. They will be looking for just their second road win against Philadelphia when the two sides meet tonight.
The Seba/Jozy show continues
As Jozy Altidore looks even closer to 90 minute fitness, the chemistry between the two continues to improve. Giovinco set up Altidore for Toronto FC’s lone goal against the Houston Dynamo: a bullet into the top part of the Houston net.
Look for the pair to connect again today in a big way, as their confidence as a pairing looks to be reaching an all-time high. The more playing time they get together, the more lethal they will become. Altidore should be good to go for most of today’s match.
To be released at 6:00 p.m.
Venue: PPL Park Chester, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. Eastern
SB Nation Opposition Blog: Brotherly Game
TV: Sportsnet 360
Streaming: Sportsnet Now